Dec 12, 2012 3:00am PST
. controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snider signed the law despite wide protests at the capitol. the law will make it illegal for a union employee to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. >> let's explain that. just for half a second. then we'll go on. right to work, what does it mean? people ask me, what does it mean? it means unions can force somebody to pay them if they want to get a job in the state of michigan. >> well, what it means is, if you get a job, the union extracts money from your paycheck for the dues for union dues. >> well, yeah. >> automatically. >> automatically. >> you've got no choice. oh, you want to work here? well, you've got to pay us. >> right. >> what if i don't want to pay you? what if i don't want to support the candidates you support? what if they're the antithesis of my values? too bad. and so i've never understood this. >> governor snider says it was the unions who started the fight in the first place. by trying to add collective bargaining rights in the state's constitution.
Dec 12, 2012 8:00am PST
to work is wrong! >>> our other story developing in michigan today, where labor unions are considering a large scale counter offensive. the home of the uaw is now the first blue right to work state after a pair of bills were signed into law by governor rick snyder who appeared on msnbc's "morning joe" today. >> i believe this is pro-worker. because the way i view it is workers now have freedom to choose. this does not deal with organizing at all. this does not deal with collective bargaining at all. this has nothing to do with the relationship between an employer and a union. this is about the relationship between unions and workers. >> let's dig in right now. >> good ideas get debated and bad ones get rammed through with police protection in a lame duck legislature. but i will say this, mr. speaker. this fight is not over. >> we are going to get to michigan in a moment. first we want to bring in today's political power panel and dig in on the big topics of the day. msnbc contributor joy ann reid, also managing editor for the grio. msnbc contributor ari melber, correspondent for the na
Dec 11, 2012 3:00am PST
to push through this right to work. >> this is interesting actually. michigan is a heavily unionized state so why would it be going right to work. there's enormous downward pressure on wages on american companies around the world that can make things cheaper elsewhere than here and our wages are uncompetitive in a lot of ways. in effect what people in michigan have to decide, do you want fewer jobs at higher wages or lower jomore jobs at lower w they have decided they want more jobs. >> you look at michigan and detroit, that's a pretty easy answer. >> the unemployment rate. >> the unemployment rate is horrible. detroit in 1960, i think, was one of the wealth nest city if not the wealthiest city in america and now one of the poorest. >> the fourth largest. >> this is a done deal, going through the house today, to a republican governor and says he will sign it. >> it's symbolic of two things, one, the politics of it all, what we've seen in wisconsin and elsewhere and the unpopularity of unions these days and secondly an economic phenomenon, basically a statement we want jobs and we're willin
Dec 7, 2012 11:00am PST
their lives that day. >>> and in michigan, outrage over workers' rights. protesters packed into the state capital building after the republican-led legislature passed a series of right to work bills. union activists are angry at the new measures which they say weaken unions and limit workers' rights. the governors made it clear he's ready to make it law. that would make michigan, which is considered the birth place of organized labor, the 24th right to work state. >>> for a second straight day, growing outrage in egypt as protesters attacked president mohamed morsi's house. and others demonstrate in tahrir square. a live report on the protests right after this. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold... i took dayquil, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank yo
Dec 7, 2012 1:00pm PST
what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. >>> michigan is on track right now to pass the employee rights act. >>> hi wolf and kate. here in michigan, this is the heart of organized labor in america. it's the birthplace of the united autoworkers, but the future of unions is in question at this hour. the fight over labor unions in michigan is vocal and physical. thousands of protestors stormed the capital trying to stop the right to work bills. the measures were introduced and passed in a single day, rushed through, democrats argue, calling it a subversion of the legislative process. >> it terrifies me they're trying to pass it through so quickly with no discussion, no understanding of what's important in it. >> the measured would make it illegal for unions and employers to mandate employees joining a union or pay any money to a union. >> i don't view it as anti-union. >> i was told it was anti-worker saying it gives workers less of a choice, what do you say to that? >> that is back ward, this is about being proworker. >> governor schnider'
Dec 12, 2012 6:00am PST
your eyes, looking good, girl. >>> historic day that michigan as michigan lawmakers snubbed organized laborer by passing right to work legislation. we'll hear from the governor about why he says unions have no one to blame but themselves. [ woman ] dear cat, your hair mixes with pollen and dust. i get congested. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. zyrtec-d® lets me breath freer, so i can love the air. [ male announcer ] zyrtec-d®. behind the pharmacy counter. no prescription needed. at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. ar
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
that, if i neededed to remind you. just now, michigan's house of representatives passed a right to work law. the 52-58 vote with thousands of demonstrators who packed into the capitol building caused state police to lock it down. the right to work law will make michigan more competitor, says the governor, though representatives say it will result in lower pay. >>> and apple news to tell you about. apple ceo tim cook says his company will start building one of the computers in the u.s. next year. cnn's dan simon says the decision is a bit of a gamble because the u.s. made products may be more expensive. >> there are two ways of looking at it. you're using cheap labor in china. you're not going to have that in the united states, and also you're talking about adding infrastructure costs, how that might impact their bottom line remains to be seen, but tim cook made it clear this is not a financial move necessarily. this is a move to really bring back jobs to the united states and do something positive for the american economy. >> for now apple isn't saying which computer will be built in th
Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
thought the redskins were crazy when they drafted kirk cousins from michigan state. after everything they gave up to get rg3. he had that wicked knee injury. that's not good. he came back and played for a while. then he left. cousins comes in and gets it done. ties the game up with a touchdown. and then he ran in the two-point version on a quarterback draw. redskins won it in overtime. huge win for wish wish. now they're 7-6. >> willie, let's talk about, though, the backup rookie quarterback and what he did to win the game. >> unbelievable. drives them down the field. was that a designed draw, do you think? >> it was. it was a designed draw. he improvised on the touchdown pass, but the run, it was planned the whole way. he did it, he got it done and redskins win. >> what do we know about rg3 going forward? have we heard more about his injury? >> he had an mri to look at that knee. no significant ligament damage. i was told whether he can play sunday at cleveland, still up in the air. he could miss a game, but it's not a serious knee injury. >> he could miss cleveland. >> won three in